Dear Catster reader,
Almost two years ago, we invested numerous resources and rebuilt the Catster community. With new hardware, software and personnel, we did our best to satisfy the many users who shared their thoughts, pictures, questions, and love for and of their pets with us and friends. It was a thriving community with many users. We hoped, however, there would be more like you.
Times and habits have changed and we are sad to announce that the Catster community will be closing down on July 20, 2019.
Catster magazine, www.catster.com and the associated social media sites are NOT shutting down. We encourage you to continue reading the content found in the pages of the magazine and the web sites, commenting through the mechanisms provided and sharing your ideas and comments with us and your fellow readers.
Instructions for accessing pet profiles were shared with everyone in 2017. The instructions can be found elsewhere within the forum. AFTER JULY 20TH, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS CONTENT. And, effective immediately, we are no longer able to answer questions about the community.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you through our magazine and website.
Update and Clarify Community Standards and Add a Report Sadistic Animal Abuse Option to Keep Faceboo
Animal abuse is not a joke, which is something I am positive anyone who has a pet, or a heart, can agree with. Animals are thinking and feeling creatures and under no circumstance deserve to be subjected to torture of any kind. Recently my Facebook news feed has been flooded with images of cats being set on fire, dogs being hung by tiny strings, and what might be even worse, depictions of human beings deriving actual pleasure from committing these acts or from viewing the accompanying material. When I reported these pages or images, I was told by Facebook that the material "doesn't violate our community standards". This statement is, I believe, false - under the section Graphic Content, Facebook states, "However, graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site". While I understand Facebook's point of view in including graphic content for the sake of promoting awareness, they are failing to remove the sadistic material they claim has no place on their site. What we are asking is that Facebook clarifies their terms to really separate these two types of images of abuse, and that they work hard to remove the sadistic material and those who produce and support the material from the social network. To do this we ask that Facebook adds an option to report animal abuse or images of animal abuse that are specifically sadistic in nature, and that they investigate each report fully, looking not just at the reported images and videos themselves, but along with the text and Facebook pages that accompany the material.